The first of Winnipeg’s new recycling centres will be built next year at a combined cost of $7.3 million — while the rest will follow in 2014.
The city plans to build a total of four new "community resource recovery centres" — one in each city quadrant -- where residents can drop off construction materials, wood, metal, yard waste, electronic waste and hazardous waste. The drop-off centres are part of a waste-minimization strategy approved by city council in 2011.
At a pre-budget announcement on Monday, Mayor Sam Katz said the first two centres will be completed next year, while the other two will be built in 2014, three years ahead of a water-and-waste department schedule.
The first drop-off centre will rise near the city's water-and-waste offices on Pacific Avenue. The second will be located near the Brady Road Landfill.
Two more drop-off centres will open in northeast and southeast Winnipeg in 2014, Katz said.
The 2013 capital and operating budgets will be tabled together in January. Last week, Katz and council finance chairman Russ Wyatt (Transcona) started holding presss conferences to offer up budget tidbits.